Film: 5466

Places + Locations | 1960 | Silent | B/W


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(NOT ON SHELF 05/08)

Isle of Wight. The film was made , at short notice , to present a visual report to the Transportation select committee of the House of Commons, subjects the Isle of Wight transport capacity to deal with the annual victors to the Isle of Wight, principally holiday victors. Sequences show the generation of steam locomotives and rolling stock and the operation principally on single track and access to the towns of Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor. Ventnor is now defunct. Also the sea transport between the main land and the island four main access points and road and passenger pedestrian.

Vast crowds. Queues along whole length of pier. Into camera, Mark Woodnutt MP. Turbine ferry and paddlers. Five million (visitors?) a year to Isle of Wight: Lymington to Yarmouth, Southampton to Cowes, Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Ryde. Ryde to Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor (Southern British Railways). Red funnel steamers. Motorcycle and sidecar. Good views of Ryde pier, crowds. "Southern Railway Portsmouth Harbour". Late 1960's crowds. Steamer at Portsmouth Harbour. Vast queue back into town. Boarding paddle-steamer, sailing. Paddle-steamers off Portsmouth. "Brading". Fun fair, queues. Turbine ferry. Alongside at Portsmouth. Queen Victoria lady (look-alike?). Pier tramway. Tracking shot of pier, crowds and queues. Taxi queues, buses and coaches, coaches in 1960's Coaches to Warner's Holiday Camps. Bedford OB's "Reads Tours". Train to Ventnor, Shanklin and Sandown. Ryde pier trains, Numbers 13 and 28. Corona drinks van. Buses in villages. Queues for train number 17, Shanklin station. Sandown station. Number 35. Very long trains, "British Railways". Pier tramway arrivals. Luggage flat truck on back. Pier departure. Into camera: 'Ryde' sails (paddle-steamer). Portsmouth Harbour station (third rail, the Waterloo bound platform).

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